New Dean Appointed for the Joint Science Department

Claremont, Calif. (September 8, 2009) — Pitzer College announces the appointment of David E. Hansen, PhD as the new dean of the Joint Science Department (JSD), a program of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College and Scripps College.

“Housing biology, chemistry and physics, the Joint Science Department is the embodiment of interdisciplinary science and the future of science education,” Hansen said. “JSD is poised to grow even stronger, and I am honored to have been chosen as its new dean.”

Hansen began his academic career at Amherst College in 1986 and most recently served as the Rachel and Michael Deutch Professor of Chemistry. He taught courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry. His research involves the creation of artificial enzymes and much of his work has been directed toward the creation of peptidases.

“I am delighted that Dean Hansen has joined our outstanding Joint Science Program and look forward to working with him as we establish science facilities on the Pitzer College campus,” said Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley.

Hansen received his ScB from Brown University and his PhD from Harvard University.

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